Review: Jonathan Wyatt Big Band and Olly Day, Cromer Pier
Take a blast of big band music and add a dash of a cheeky comic and you get a double dose of Miller magic - from Glenn and Max.
The 16-piece Jonathan Wyatt band provided the tightly-rehearsed music from a stylish era of sophistication and syncopation that would make an enjoyable evening in its own right.
Then out steps Olly Day in a sharp suit and patter as polished as his patent shoes.
His rich singing voice more than did justice to timeless songs by singing legends such Frank Sinatra and Matt Monro which have been given a new lease of life through Michael Buble.
But it is his ready wit and repartee with the audience, some delivered in broad Norfolk - which have already made him a fixture in the pier's Christmas show - that take this music and mirth show to another level.
The audience flips between tapping their feet and wiping away tears of laughter as Olly switched from crooner to comic at the flick of a switch.
His Mr Bojangles, the band's Sing Sing Sing and some classy interludes by guest Jacqueline Dempsey were highlights of an entertaining show featuring local talent.
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- 2 Family's heartache as dog dies after being hit by Amazon van
- 3 Meet the three Norfolk businesses featured in Antiques Road Trip
- 4 Family pub and restaurant opens outdoor pool to cold water swimmers
- 5 A146 closed after three vehicles and motorcycle involved in crash
- 6 Warning after dogs left 'limp or lifeless' by mystery illness
- 7 'Torrid time' as insurance giant Marsh quits city centre
- 8 People come 'from all over the country' to try this Norfolk seafood platter
- 9 Man set to stand trial accused of teen daughter's murder
- 10 Former Norwich restaurant to be transformed into £1.5m food hall
But it was Olly's ability to deliver the punchline of a Viagra joke, and surf above the waves of laughter still swirling around the room to kick straight into Sinatra's slick Nice and Easy that showed Ole Blue Pills is back.